Mental Illness is the wrong scapegoat after mass shootings

Four myths arise after mass shootings

Their research uncovered four central myths that arise in the aftermath of mass shootings:

  • Mental illness causes gun violence
  • Psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime before it happens
  • U.S. mass-shootings “prove” that we should fear mentally ill loners
  • Because of the complex psychiatric histories of mass-shooters, gun control “won’t prevent” mass shootings

They stress that all four of these are incorrect, though understandable assumptions.

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